When: Sat., Feb. 24, 7 p.m. 2018
Shomrei Torah's 2018 Social Action Goes to the Movies Film Series “The Bail Trap- American Ransom” Film and Panel. February 24 The critically acclaimed documentary “The Bail Trap – American Ransom” explores the devastation in American society caused by the money bail system. It continues the 2018 Social Action Goes to the Movies film series on Saturday, February 24 at 7pm at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa. This year’s theme is Democracy Is Not A Spectator Sport! The primary goal of the series is to inform the audience of critical issues and empower people to act for positive change. Innocent until proven guilty… unless one is guilty of being poor. Over 600,000 men and women are in American jails for days, months, even years accused, but not convicted, of any crime simply because they can’t afford to pay often excessively high bail. Many are forced to take bad plea bargains, even if not guilty, to return home. Private companies achieve exorbitant profits by exploiting people (primarily of color) in poor communities. The inability to post bail is one of the main causes of America's mass incarceration system – yet few people know how this discriminatory system works and how it destroys lives. The United States is one of two countries in the world to use money bail. Bail Trap explores the problem and solutions. Learn how California is again leading the nation with the introduction of SB10, the California Money Bail Reform Act and how you can get involved to help change this system. A discussion by a panel of experts will follow the film. Panelists are Traci Carillo-criminal defense attorney, Danica Rodarmel – equal justice works fellow with the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights, Randall Walker- Assistant Sonoma County Sheriff-Detention Division and moderator attorney Marylou Hilberg who specializes in death penalty appeals. The program is free. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged. For more information go to: www.cstsr.org.